Tim Jarvis: How to survive winter (like a polar explorer)

Looking for someone to help guide you through Australia’s cooler months? Look no further than AIA Vitality Ambassador, explorer and environmentalist Tim Jarvis.

Last night was the coldest night of the year we’ve had in Adelaide, where I live. It was five degrees and when I woke up, my first thought was, “Oh, it’s quite cold.”

I smiled, because when I wake up in a tent in the Antarctic, it can be minus 30 inside the tent – let alone outside. It’s funny how you adjust. I always have my race-face on when I’m on an expedition but, when I get home, it’s surprising how soft I become.

The point is: perspective is everything. And while winter in Australia is a far cry from the life-or-death scenarios that can play out when you’re schlepping across Antarctica, I know it can feel a bit grim at times.

As we dive head-first into another Australian winter, with no possibility of a warm overseas escape on the horizon (thanks, coronavirus), I thought I’d dig into some of the reasons we might all appreciate the (relatively) mild Australian winter a little more.

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